Percussion/Drum Lessons

Percussion/Drum Lessons

5.0 (8)
1 employee
8 years in business

About this pro

I've enjoyed a variety of experiences and ensembles to perform such as marching percussion, jazz bands, orchestral groups, and even an Arab music ensemble. I use my varied background to apply to any specific lessons. 

In lessons, students enjoy my laid-back nature. I try to keep students entertained and stress-free. Despite this, I strive to push my students to be the best they can be. 

I enjoy helping students accel in drumming and grow a passion for music. Meeting new people and teaching others from all kinds of experience levels and backgrounds excites me. I love drumming for the technicality and ergonomics it involves while focusing on rhythm. I also love the energy at which percussionists perform, which I hope to foster in my students. 

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Ellensburg, WA 98926
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8 Reviews


  • Logan Ames

    Kevin White has many years of experience in marching percussion. He taught me proper technique for playing marching snare, how to approach playing rudiments, and helped me break many of my bad habits. He is very knowledgeable as a percussionist and musician. I benefited greatly from my experience with Kevin White and would recommend Kevin to anyone seeking instruction as a percussionist or drumset player.

  • Branford Coleman

    The lessons are fun to be in and really helped me out with building good playing habits. Kevin is a really cool guy and really helps with explaining what you are doing well and what you can improve on.

  • Cleo Kim

    I liked how I’m told what I need to work on so I can focus on what my weaknesses are

  • zeke higgins

    kevin is a very patient and hard-working teacher. lessons with him improved my overall percussion skills and was therapeutic. the experience was great!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

As with all students, I tailor the lesson to the student's experience and goals. After ascertaining that, I start with the basics of technique, drum set-up, and music reading. From there, the lessons grow more specialized to the student. For beginning drum set players, I use Drumeo's "Best Beginner Drum Book". 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have heavy experience with marching percussion groups. At Explorer Middle Scool (Everett, WA), I managed the drumline logistics and served as the head instructor/manager. I also currently teach at Kamiak High School and Harbour Pointe Middle School. At Harbour Pointe, I specialize in marching percussion and also teach the front ensemble. At Kamiak, I specialize in tenor drums and teach snare, bass drums, and front ensemble rhythm section. 

Performance-wise, I was heavily involved in my school's music program, playing in the advanced jazz band, advanced choir, undefeated drumline, and musical pit. 

Outside of high school, I've been offered to play at the World Class Seattle Cascades Drum Corps on vibraphone and World Class Oregon Crusaders Indoor on tenor drums. I currently study music education at Central Washington University. 

How did you get started teaching?

I first started volunteering at my previous middle school, then I was hired to teach at another school in the district. From there, I expanded to private lessons. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with students with no percussion experience to advanced students in college drumlines. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for a teacher that is not only knowledgeable in what they're teaching but also enjoys teaching in general. They should work great with students and provide a stress-free environment where mistakes are encouraged to allow growth. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Think about your goals and reasoning behind taking lessons. Ask yourself how often you are willing to practice. 

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